The AlienVault Certified Security Engineer (ACSE) certification validates skills in planning, designing, implementing, and operating AlienVault USM Appliance™. The certification is a valued designation of knowledge and skills that demonstrates expertise among AlienVault customers, partners, and employees.
ACSE is designed for:
Security analysts who also require engineering skills
Community members who use open source security tools and desire a recognized Unified Security Management industry credential
IT professionals who implement, operate, or support security systems
Security professionals working as AlienVault resellers or partners
Preparing for the ACSE Exam
Review the ACSE Exam Blueprint. The blueprint shows the specific objectives for the ACSE exam. Refer to the topics listed on the blueprint, and the relative weight given to each topic, as a guide to the knowledge and skills you will need.
Take AlienVault USM Appliance training classes. This step is optional. You are not required to take training classes in order to take the ACSE certification exam. However, we recommend that you take two classes: AlienVault USM Appliance for Security Engineers and AlienVault® USM Appliance™: Providing Managed Security (AUSP). Unless you have extensive experience with AlienVault USM Appliance, you will likely learn skills in the classes that are necessary on the job and are required for success on the exam. Each delegate who takes the AlienVault® USM Appliance™: Providing Managed Security (AUSP) training receives a voucher to take the ACSE certification exam at no additional charge.
Practice with AlienVault USM Appliance. The ACSE exam is intended to certify significant skill in using AlienVault USM Appliance. You will need many months of hands-on practice with the system in order to build the skills that are tested on the exam.
Registering for the ACSE Exam
Obtain an exam voucher. In order to take the ACSE exam, you need an exam voucher. A voucher is a 16-digit alphanumeric code. Vouchers are valid for 6 months from the date they are issued. There are two ways to obtain a voucher:
Purchase a voucher on this website ›
A voucher costs USD $200 worldwide. It is only available for sale on this website. It is good for one attempt at the exam. After making your purchase, you will receive an email with your voucher within 2 business days.
If you pass the exam, congratulations! You will receive your certificate and logo by email. We will also update our records to provide you with faster access to AlienVault Support if you work for an organization that has a support contract with AlienVault.
If you do not pass the exam, you will receive an email showing you how you performed on each section of the exam. The sections match the ACSE Exam Blueprint. You can use this information to help you prepare for your next attempt at the exam. To retake the exam, you may purchase an ACSE voucher on this website. A voucher costs USD $200 worldwide. It is only available for sale on this website. It is good for one attempt at the exam. After making your purchase, you will receive an email with your voucher within 2 business days.
The ACSE certification is valid for three years from the date on which you earn it. Your expiration date is printed on your certificate.
To recertify, you have two options.
Take the ACSE Recertification exam. Only current ACSE holders are eligible to take the ACSE Recertification exam. The ACSE Recertification exam is exactly the same as the AlienVault USM Appliance Technician exam. When you register for the ACSE Recertification exam, you will receive a copy of the student materials for the AlienVault USM Appliance for Security Engineers training class at no extra charge. You can use those materials to help prepare for the exam.